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Homefront Help: Battleship Trick or Treat

October 18, 2012
Rita Boland

The Battleship NORTH CAROLINA—the decommissioned USS North Carolina—invites the public to an onboard Halloween bash on October 30, 2012. The fun includes sweet treats, a petting zoo, temporary tattoos, caricatures and a bounce house, not to mention a chance to celebrate the holiday within a piece of classic U.S. military history.

Located in Wilmington, North Carolina, the ship’s Halloween festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. and last until 8 p.m. The cost is $5 per person. Kids two years old or younger get in free.

Homefront Help also has a Facebook page where visitors can gather and share information. If you know of a program that is helping service personnel, veterans or their families please submit that information to Rita Boland, SIGNAL’s news editor.

Homefront Help: Marine Corps Heritage Foundation Awards

October 11, 2012
Rita Boland

The nomination period is now open for the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation 2013 awards. Each year, the foundation honors Marines and civilians who have carried out exemplary work in advancing or preserving Marine Corps history, life, culture and work. Winners will be honored at a ceremony next April. They also will receive a $1,000 cash prize, a medallion and a commemorative brick along the Semper Fidelis Memorial Park pathway at the Marine Corps Heritage Center.

Achievements in literature, art, photography, videography and museum exhibits all can earn recognition. Award categories include historical scholarship, journalism, and letters and arts for a total of 15 awards.

Applicants can nominate themselves or other individuals can nominate someone they believe deserves an award. The deadline for submissions is January 9, 2013. Visit the contest website for more information.

Homefront Help also has a Facebook page where visitors can gather and share information. If you know of a program that is helping service personnel, veterans or their families please submit that information to Rita Boland, SIGNAL’s news editor.

Homefront Help: About Face

October 4, 2012
Rita Boland

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) remains one of the biggest causes of suffering for troops who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has launched a Web resource to reach out to people who need help handling the affliction, calling on fellow veterans to lend support. On About Face, visitors can find all the expected basics, such as an explanation of the disorder, contact information for immediate help and links to more information. But the true value of the site is in its collections of videos featuring veterans talking about their struggles and offering words of encouragement to others.

The video testimonials cover many of the topics important to people with PTSD including how it can affect loved ones, what treatment is like and why individuals did not seek help immediately. Many veterans or active-duty military members dealing with this disorder feel alone or nervous that seeking help will reflect poorly on them. Through About Face, they can see how many of their peers experience the same issues and hopefully feel less isolated and uncertain.

Though much of the VA’s efforts focus on the troops returning from current conflicts, the site, and the department’s resources, are for veterans who served in any U.S. operation.

Homefront Help also has a Facebook page where visitors can gather and share information. If you know of a program that is helping service personnel, veterans or their families please submit that information to Rita Boland, SIGNAL’s news editor.

Cool App-titude: PollTracker

October 2, 2012
Rachel Eisenhower

Election day will be here before we know it, and the free PollTracker app for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad puts the latest data in the palm of your hand.

PollTracker, created by TPM Media, provides tools to track the 2012 election in real time and presents the results in a graphic interface. From the presidency to seats in Congress, the app content covers every race.

Top features include: a curated list of the latest polls in the nation’s most heated races; swing state averages; breakdowns of key voting blocks; candidate information; historical charting of the race; a search function; and push notifications for new polls.

Forbes named it one of the “5 Essential Mobile Apps for Election Season.”

Download the free app from the iTunes App Store.

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Insitu to Modernize ScanEagle

September 28, 2012
George I. Seffers
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Insitu Inc., Bingen, Wash., is being awarded a $12,430,363 delivery order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement for the hardware required to modernize the ScanEagle unmanned aerial systems and the systems ancillary equipment. This hardware includes replacement/upgraded air vehicles and components. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. 

Boeing P-8A Contract Modified

September 28, 2012
George I. Seffers
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The Boeing Co., Seattle, Wash., is being awarded a $13,160,440 contract modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of spare parts in support of 10 operational flight trainers, seven weapons tactics trainers, three part task trainers, training systems support center and 15 electronic classrooms for the P-8A program. This contract also provides services including: managing spare parts and delivery, coordinating orders, quotes, and receiving process, procuring Federal Acquisition Regulation Part 15 classified parts, supporting inventory inspection processes, and delivering spares to the government. The Naval Air System Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.   

Northrop Supports Hawkeye Production

September 28, 2012
George I. Seffers
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Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Bethpage, N.Y., is being awarded a $15,004,104 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract modification for additional system engineering and software maintenance for the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Low Rate Initial Production Lots 1 and 2 aircraft. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md. is the contracting activity. 

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